Dissent Of The Day


A reader writes:

I notice you chose to spotlight a small protest in Tel Aviv (you can tell how small the group is - they're on a beach boardwalk) celebrating the flotilla raid outside the Turkish embassy. The hundred or so people assembled are clearly waving "Kach" signs, representing an extreme-right group that is banned in Israel. Imputing those views to the Israeli public is unfair and misleading. This is tantamount to showing the Westboro Baptist Church protesting outside a war hero's funeral and claiming "the American public is full of soldier-hating homophobes."  Of course, there have been plenty of protests against the Israeli government's action. The society's views on this are far more complex than a small right-wing protest.

The only poll I can find shows that 63 percent of Israelis preferred a different way of intercepting the flotilla, although the blockade of Gaza retains strong support.

(Israeli left-wing protesters demonstrate against Israel's deadly raid on an aid flotilla bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip on May 31, 2010 in Tel Aviv, Israel. By Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)